Genesis Shows The Deceitfulness Of God

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The book of Genesis is the story of creation according to Hebrew text, God creates the world as a paradise, a lush green world that is good, a world that is right, God himself is presented as being caring and fair. However later on there are many stories within Genesis which question God's morality towards his creations. The supposedly just God is at many times shown to be petty, deceiving, and unequal in his treatments towards his creations. As a result of God's own duplicity the men he created covenants with, God's numerous prophets and their respective bloodlines, themselves are often two-faced and unjust. Because of God's: ill treatment towards men, his favoring of certain individuals over others, and his own prophets being devious, God is in actuality a shallow and unfair being. Therefore God's actions in Genesis show that it is his own morale wrongs which create an imbalanced and chaotic world, one which is filled with cruelty and injustice.
God's treatment towards his creations is highlighted with contempt and disappointment many times throughout Genesis. In the beginning God creates Adam and his many companions, giving his creations free reign over the Garden of Eden, and in return asking them to not eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge, later on however it is one of God's own creations, the serpent, who coerces man and woman to break God's word and eat from the tree of knowledge. Surely enough all parties are punished, with man and woman banished from the Garden and forced to toil upon the land for sustenance (New Oxford Annotated Bible, Gen. 2.7-3.19). The story of the Garden of Eden serves to demonstrate two major reoccurring themes in Genesis, God's creations failing his convictions, and his subsequent punishing of them. A later instance showcasing these themes is the story of Noah and the ark. God has become angry with his creations wild behavior and condemns them all to die in a massive flood. God then commands the only good man in the world, Noah, to create an ark and fill it with pairs of every animal to repopulate the earth after the destruction of his failed creations (New Oxford Annotated Bible, Gen. 6.5-8.19). From these two stories one draws the conclusions that, God does not care for an explanation of his creations actions, or of his responses to them, he instead swiftly condemns those who oppose his word, opting to save his yes-men and destroying all else. Even later, after God has promised Noah that he would never again destroying all life, God still sets out to prove his superiority and dominance over men (New Oxford Annotated Bible, Gen. 6.20). After the story of Noah, an incident involving Noah's descendants and God is brought up, "Now the whole earth had one language and the same words...Then they[Noah's descendants] said, Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its tops in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves.", upon learning of the humans independence, God quickly strikes down his...

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